Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
Gender inequality and the Asian enigma of malnutrition
Live Mint - 3/3/2015 6:36:44 PM
With nearly one in three children in the country under-nourished ... Coffey estimates that 42.2% of Indian women are underweight when they begin pregnancy compared with 16.5% of African women. “In both regions, women gain little weight during pregnancy ...
5 Inspirational Health Trends That Are Happening Around The World
The Business Insider - 5/21/2014 4:44:57 PM
World Health Statistics 2014Years gained in life expectancy 1990–2012 2. Fewer children are dying In 1990, about 35,000 children under the age of five were dying every day. Over the last twenty years, childhood mortality has almost been cut in half.
Obama: We’ll Work on ‘Issue of Obesity’ in India (Where 30.7% of Children Under 5 Are Underweight)
CNS News - 1/28/2015 1:16:10 AM
That was a significant improvement for India, where 43.5 percent of the children under five had been underweight at the time of the last survey in 2005-2006. "India no longer ranks second-to-last in the world on ... under five year of age who “have ...
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/11/2009 11:56:31 PM
In India ... in recent years, including Maharashtra and Gujarat. Here in the capital, which has the highest per-capita income in the country, 42.2 percent of children under 5 are stunted, or too short for their age, and 26 percent are underweight.
Put children at heart of global agenda, UNICEF challenges Davos
UNICEF - 1/20/2015 6:40:37 AM
As leaders spanning all sectors gather in Davos, UNICEF is challenging the global ... of global poverty eradication. Half of the world’s extreme poor are children with nearly 570 million people under the age of 18 living below the international poverty ...
Helping India Combat Persistently High Rates of Malnutrition
The World Bank - 5/13/2013 12:47:17 PM
Although India has seen strong economic growth over the past 20 years, malnutrition in children under five years of age continues to be among the highest in the world. Rates of malnutrition ... 60 million - are underweight, about 45% are stunted (too ...
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews World - 2/16/2012 6:48:33 AM
A government-supported survey last month said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago ... has also catapulted the country onto the world stage, boosting its ...
Malnutrition causes 45 per cent of deaths of under-five children: Report
The Hindu - 6/6/2013 5:40:56 PM
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly 45 per cent of deaths in children under-five, according to ... and 100 million children were underweight. Over 90 per cent of these were in Asia or Africa, with Africa the only major world region where the number ...
Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition
theguardian.com - 1/26/2014 7:08:30 PM
The finding raises serious questions about the legacy of more than 10 years of western involvement in Afghanistan. "After the age of two years ... pushing up death rates among children under five. So severe is the damage that tackling it by lacing basic ...
Lingering problem found in gut microbe communities of malnourished children
Washington University in Stlouis - 6/4/2014 4:49:49 PM
Severe acute malnutrition affects about 20 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization ... in a developing country like Bangladesh, where more than half a million children under 5 years of age suffer from severe acute ...
Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth
WHO - 5/2/2012 6:04:21 PM
Each year, some 15 million babies in the world, more than one in 10 births, are born too early, according to the just released report Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth ... cause of death in children under 5, after pneumonia.”
Malnutrition kills over 3 million children annually
Middle East Online - 6/12/2014 3:28:45 PM
ROME - More than three million children under the age of five ... year," the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. Some 162 million children are left stunted by chronic malnutrition and 99 million children are underweight across the world, it ...
AFGHANISTAN: Fifth least developed country in the world
IRIN - 11/17/2007 11:53:06 PM
In Afghanistan’s first-ever human development report, which was released in 2004, the country was ranked 173rd and was widely expected to improve its human development indicators. Afghans live almost nine years ... children under five are underweight ...
Bloomberg’s Obesity Claim
Fact Check - 3/29/2013 5:44:02 PM
He would be correct to say that this shift has occurred sometime in about the last 20 years. Obesity has become more of an issue around the world at the same time that progress has been made in fighting childhood underweight ... kids under the age of 5 ...
Save the Children - 3/1/2015 6:36:08 AM
The world's youngest country, South Sudan gained independence more than ... before the latest influx of refugees – found in young children under the age of five: Over one in four children are underweight Nearly one in three children are stunted (short ...